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I believe some people are confused. The (Hilltop) Area is not the same as the (Hilton) Area. The best access point for the Hilton Area is 1101 Hilton Ave, Catonsville, Md. Now, if you plan to hike the Hilltop Loop then park at S. Hilltop Rd. location or at the Ilchester Rd. lot by the foot bridge. You can even park at the Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove area but you will have to paid to enter the park. To keep the trails maintained, Your SUPPORT is needed.
My daughter and I hike the Patapsco State Park at least once a week The Hilltop trail loop is fairly easy for me. I am a handicap, overweight and in my mid-60’s. We always park at the Swinging Bridge. I found this trail much easier if you start at the tunnel and go up the Sawmill side first. It’s more a gradual uphill then starting at the Hilltop area. This way the whole second half of the trail is all down hill and the last mile is a flat surface.